FFA-Links are networks of web sites that accept one line ads to be published. They are usually free and many dealers believe that they are making money from them.
During last few months, there has been over eight of these exchanges go out of business. One dealer stated that there were too many teenagers pulling pranks with ad that were fake. He pointed out a teacher who students ran ads for her that were borderline x rated. He also pointed out that some links last just 4 hours (the truth is some are 2 hours, but most are 2-7 days).
But those who advertise still brings in 80-160 replies for many dealers with 20 minutes work. Here are some comments that should help those using them.
1) KEEP A DIARY OF SUBMISSIONS. How can I know they are honest? Get a separate email address. and use it only first time you use a submission source.
2) Get a separate email address for acknowledgements. This way you will not be overloaded with emails from your personal mail.
3) Be realistic about results. An Englishman wrote me telling me that he put an ad in one link site and he got nothing. You have to submit to multiple site. If you put an ad in a newsmagazine with 100,000 circulation, you might get 25-50 replies and pay for them. With FFA sites, you put your link in 40,000 daily to get 80-160 hits if your headlines is proper. It is free if you are willing to invest 20 minutes time.